12 Budget-friendly outdoor ideas for everyday summer entertainment
Summer is the perfect time to get outside and take care of the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off and novices will be happy to know that not all home upgrades and repairs demand extensive time or money to complete.
So says Stephan Thomas, Secure Estate Specialist for Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs adding that not only will it increase the overall value of your home, but little upgrades here and there can also save you a lot of money down the line.
“If you let maintenance slide, when you do decide to sell you could be in for a shock at the cost of making all the necessary repairs,”
For many people, the mere mention of DIY is anathema but, as Thomas says, not all projects are equal and whilst some will just add value, others will also be a source of great enjoyment once completed.
“There are many ways for you to improve your property without hiring a designer or doing major construction and your home improvement projects don’t have to be grand or expensive to make a strong impact.”
So, whether you just want to refresh your home, get it ready to sell or improve your living space for your family’s enjoyment, the following upgrades will breathe new life into your home whilst adding value:
Spruce up the garden
Chances are you’ll be spending a lot more time outdoors to enjoy the beautiful summer weather – and it’s one of the very first things a potential buyer will notice.
If you aren’t blessed with green thumbs, you can make a big difference by getting rid of any overgrown or dead plants, cutting back shrubs and trees and trimming the edges of flower beds. And if you want to add a splash of colour, planting one or two, hardy but vibrant plants will do the trick.
Add a patio
A home with a patio will not only allow you to better enjoy spending time outdoors, it will also be more impressive to home buyers as it creates the impression of a bigger property.
Mend your home’s kerb appeal
Many people don’t realise the importance of kerb appeal to the value of their properties – as well as their own appreciation of their homes. This can easily be done by tackling untidy vegetation and mowing lawns, clearing the cracks between driveway paving and refreshing gravelled areas.
There are plenty of other ways to increase the kerb appeal of a home and to ensure first impressions that count. Prospective buyers can instantly be turned off your house because it needs a few simple repairs or some affordable upgrades. This is inevitably going to take time and effort but the smart move is to invest a little of each now, then just sit back and reap the rewards later, says Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett.
Install an outdoor kitchen
If you’re feeling more ambitious – and you love South Africa’s national pastime – consider taking your kitchen outside. This way, you can prepare meals and be around your guests with minimal time spent running back and forth for plates and whatnot.
The internet has loads of great ideas, from lavish to basic and, if your skills and budget are on the modest side, you can go with a premade outdoor grill island or a more basic structure, such as a bar made from reclaimed wood or paving stones. Incorporate natural materials like stone and brick – it’s an outdoor kitchen, after all.
Build a fire pit
Ryan Ebedes, from Grounded Landscaping says outdoor fire pits allow homeowners to enjoy their gardens to the full and feel part of nature, even when living in a big city. And with the addition of lighting, you can enjoy your garden in the evenings and at night, creating the perfect atmosphere for special occasions.
Not only is it a cost-efficient project, but an outdoor fire pit is also the ideal way to entertain guests during the summer months.
Build a shed
If your garage is overflowing with kids’ toys, bicycles and boxes of goods in storage and the house is cluttered then a shed may be the best summer project for you. Summer is an excellent time to add a little extra space to your place and it will always be appreciated by the next homeowner.
Revive your deck or wooden door and window frames
Stripping and re-staining your deck and wooden frames is a job most people can easily handle on their own, and it will enhance your home’s beauty. Because it’s a job that takes place entirely outdoors, it’s also among the summer home improvement projects you should have on your list.
Declutter the garage and give it a makeover
Start by going through all your items in the garage and decide what you want to keep and what can be sold or donated. Then once you have decided what needs to still be stored in the garage, create a dedicated storage area and install shelving and cupboards or cabinets if needed.
Install outdoor lighting
Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest ways to increase your property value because it shows that you care about safety and security and buyers will see that there’s no reason for them to worry whether they’re home or away from their house. Outdoor lighting also adds ambience and makes summer evenings outdoors much more pleasant and practical.
Refresh your home with paint
Colour plays a vital role in how buyers view your property. So before you rush out and buy a can of paint to get your house ready, save yourself the effort. Trends don’t matter to buyers, they want to see a property at its – natural – best and not be put off by green walls and pink curtains.
Neutrals are still the best colours to choose from your home – both inside and out, and neutrals not only look good if you’re not selling but simply giving your home a new look.
Consequently, neutrals tend to work best as a rule of thumb. Sellers should understand that, depending on how far they adopt the latest trends, they could potentially limit their buying pool to a very specific market.
Revamp your front door
First impressions really do count, and there’s no easier way to make a good first impression than a fabulous front door. Paint it in a welcoming colour that coordinates – or contrasts – with the home’s exterior and swap out worn or dated door handles and hinges. If it’s really old and you have wiggle room in the budget, consider installing a new door.
Put down a fresh bead of bathroom caulk
Bathrooms top most people’s priority list when viewing property and aging, stained or cracked sealant will be off putting to most buyers. Fortunately, caulk is cheap and it’s relatively easy to apply. All you need is an hour or two, a few common tools, materials easily found at any hardware store – and a steady hand.
“A home is both a basic need and a sound long-term investment,” concludes Thomas, “and with just a few simple renovation projects, you can significantly increase your family’s enjoyment and comfort and, at the same time, see your home’s value increasing.”
Author: Property 24
Article Date: 21 November 2021
Article Reference: https://www.property24.com/articles/12-budget-friendly-outdoor-ideas-for-everyday-summer-entertainment/30745